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Lebanon | Sayed Nasrallah Outlines the Rise of Lebanese Resistance to U-News

In an exclusive interview with Unews, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah talked on the rise of the resistance in Lebanon, the relationship between the resistance and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the establishment of Al-Quds Force at that time.

Sayed Nasrallah underlined that after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the Israeli occupation army occupied southern Lebanon and a part of the Lebanese Beqaa region reaching the capital Beirut and its suburbs as well.

"At that time, Imam Khomeini ordered to send Iranian forces to the region to assist the Syrians and the Lebanese to confront the Israeli occupation," Sayed Nasrallah said.

He continued "I remember at that time a joint delegation from the Guard Command and the Army Command came and met with the Syrian leadership. After that, some Iranian forces came to the region and at that time the Israeli invasion advance stopped at a certain point as there was a will to occupy all of Lebanon or to provoke a fight with Syria. This was stopped and we are facing a new reality called occupied Lebanese land of approximately more than half of the Lebanese area."

The Secretary General continued "At that time, the mission of the Iranian forces turned from fighting to defend the rest of Lebanon and Syria, into assisting the Lebanese to establish a local Lebanese resistance from the Lebanese themselves to fight and confront the Israeli occupation."

Sayed Nasrallah further explained "based on the change of mission that occurred, a large part of the Iranian forces returned to Iran given that the front in Iran was raging in the 'Eight-Year War', and part of the forces stayed here. Those who stayed were guards,

He noted that the guards who remained here were present in Syria and Baalbek-Hermel region because this area was outside the circle of the Israeli occupation. "

He added "since then a direct relationship arose between the brothers in the Guards and the Lebanese scholars and the Lebanese youth, foremost among them was the martyred Sayed Abbas al-Mousawi, the martyred Imad Mughniyah and other brothers."

Sayed Nasrallah went on to say "the relationship started since then on the basis of forming and creating resistance groups in all of Lebanon confronting the Israeli occupation forces for Lebanon. This was the beginning of the relationship which continued from that day until now."

He continued "of course, at the beginning, there was no such thing as Al-Quds Force in the formation of the Guard. Later, after the end of the war imposed on Iran, His Eminence, (Imam Khamenei) ordered to form a force within the Guard, including Al-Quds Force which still exists so far."